The Unconventional Flight Attendant Story of Sydney Colson
On a charter flight to New York, the service provided by the flight attendant, “Amber,” was mediocre at best. However, Sydney Colson, a reserve guard for the Las Vegas Aces, managed to make the most of the situation. She took on the role of “Amber” after finding an extra flight attendant uniform on the plane. This act was typical of Colson, who is known for her creativity and unique personality, as showcased in “The Syd + TP Show,” a popular weekly series featuring Colson and her teammate, Theresa Plaisance, who won the 2022 Aces championship.
Both Colson and Plaisance, who have ten years of experience in the league, aspire to become the faces of women’s basketball, even though no one has asked them to. Despite their modest playing statistics, averaging 5.6 points in 20 minutes per game during their title season with the Aces, they are determined to make an impact. However, Plaisance signed with the Seattle Storm but was waived, while Colson’s contributions this season have been limited, with 35 total points in 135 minutes of play. In the Finals against the New York Liberty, Colson has played a mere seven minutes. Nevertheless, her court time may increase if point guard Chelsea Gray is unable to play due to injury.
The Aces, who already have a short bench, rely heavily on their five starters and Sixth Player of the Year Alysha Clark. However, with Gray’s potential absence, Kelsey Plum will handle more of the ball, and Jackie Young will take on added responsibilities. Coach Becky Hammon hinted that Colson might also see more playing time, describing her as someone who likes to “mix it up” on the court. Despite the challenges, the Aces remain one win away from a second consecutive championship.
Off the court, Colson has a passion for acting and comedy. She has taken acting classes and expressed interest in pursuing it further after the basketball season ends. Colson and Plaisance bring their comedic chemistry to “The Syd + TP Show,” where they embark on various adventures to increase their fame, often involving their teammates, other WNBA players, and even an NFL assistant coach. The show, co-produced by Fubo, Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, and Togethxr — a company co-founded by prominent athletes including Sue Bird — has received positive feedback and may be renewed for a second season.
Colson’s journey to the show began when Togethxr approached her and her agent about a potential podcast series. After meeting Plaisance and realizing their chemistry, they decided to turn it into a video series. Colson describes Plaisance as hilarious, with her facial expressions and non-verbal cues often generating spontaneous laughter. The show has turned out to be a success, exceeding Colson’s expectations both creatively and financially.
As they continue to pursue their goal of becoming the faces of the league, Colson and Plaisance hope to contribute more to their team’s success on the court. Their unconventional journey, filled with humor and improvisation, has captivated fans and may help them achieve their aspirations.
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